Saturday, October 18, 2014

Christmas tree or sex toy?

Another egregious work of Contemporary Art arrived in Paris and was set up in the prestigious place Vendôme only to be torn down by opponents of such eyesores that not only mutilate the landscape, but serve to remind the population that French culture is ancient history, and that globalist czars of perverse sexuality now reign supreme as the artists of our time.

The con artist in question was another American lunatic named Paul McCarthy, whom we can add to the list (including Jeff Koons) of self-infatuated destroyers of standards catered to by Western-hating, sex-obsessed, ugliness-possessed politicians, city officials and art critics. A green structure, proclaiming itself to be a "tree", it was soon recognized as an anal plug, a sex toy used by male homosexuals.

From France Info:

The work of the American artist Paul McCarthy did not remain for long on the place Vendôme. After unknown persons cut off the cables that supported it on Friday night, and after those opposed to it shouted their indignation on the social networks, and after having been himself the target of a physical attack on Thursday, the artist finally gave up.

(…) "Confronted with the violence of some reactions, the artist is concerned about potential trouble should the work be set up again." Paul McCarthy indicated that he did not want to be "mixed up in this sort of confrontation or physical violence, or even to continue to place the work itself at risk."

(…) Baptized "Tree" by its creator, the 24-meter cone could be regarded, as the artist himself has admitted, as both an immense Christmas Tree or as an "anal plug". This triggered a lively controversy that led to its being dismantled. "Instead of generating a profound reflection about the existence of objects as a means of expression unto themselves, especially in the variety of their meanings, we witnessed violent reactions," said Paul McCarthy regretfully.

Also from France Info:

The Socialist mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, had expressed her indignation at the damage done to the work. "Art has its full place in the streets of Paris and nobody will succeed in removing it."

She also stated on Twitter: "Paris will not yield to the threats of those who, by attacking an artist or a work, attack artistic freedom."

Earlier, Bruno Julliard, first adjunct to the mayor of Paris, in charge of Culture, condemned strongly "the inadmissible attack on Paul McCarthy and the damage to his work on place Vendôme. Long live the freedom of artists. This act shows that the artist is right and that his work questions society on the intolerance that still exists today."

Here's a perceptive reaction from a reader:

- What hypocrisy!!! Of course the artist put his anal plug on the buttocks of the capital. The elected officials said yes to create a buzz and get talked about. They are even more hypocritical than the artist!!! That said, if I had proposed this gross piece of crap, the elected officials would have kicked me out. Artists are always provocateurs. The question one must ask is: Is exposing an anal plug in the middle of Paris and calling it a tree correct in the civilization and the culture that we support. The elected officials have said yes… You had only not to elect them… See you at the polls in a few years.

Note: Another reference to future elections that will presumably solve all problems. The people live in the constant hope that the next election will bring the dreamt-of turnaround. That was the case in 2002, 2007 and 2012.

Above, the inflated "tree".

Below, deflation.

There's a slideshow on McCarthy at the New York Times. You may have to register.

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Rally for Asia Bibi

A Pakistani Catholic woman, Asia Bibi, has been held in a Pakistani prison for years. Her original crime was drinking water from a well that belonged to Muslims. The following excerpt from The Daily Mail explains:

While working as a berry picker in 2009, 46-year-old Asia Bibi got into a dispute with a group of Muslim women who objected to her drinking their water because as a Christian she was considered 'unclean'.

Hours after the incident one of the women reported mother-of-five Ms Bibi to a local cleric, claiming she had made disparaging remarks about the prophet Mohammed during the row.

As a result of the allegations, a furious mob arrived at Ms Bibi's home and savagely beat her and members of her family.

She was later arrested, charged with blasphemy and eventually sentenced to death - with her entire family forced to go into hiding after receiving threats on their lives.

This week, despite international outrage and hundreds of thousands of people signing a petition for her release, Ms Bibi lost an appeal to have her sentence overturned, meaning she now faces death by hanging.

The shocking case hit global headlines after two prominent politicians who tried to help Ms Bibi were assassinated, one by his own bodyguard.

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Now, Asia Bibi has been sentenced to hang for the crime of blasphemy.

At his website, Catholic writer Bernard Antony calls on all those concerned to rally in support of Asia Bibi in front of the Pakistani Embassy in Paris on October 23 at 7:00 p.m.:

The heroic Catholic mother Asia Bibi, ignominiously imprisoned for years in a Pakistani jail, has just been sentenced to hanging on the incredible pretext of disrespectful speech with regard to the prophet of Islam.

This proves, as if proof were needed, that between the Islam of the Islamic State in the Levant and that of the internationally recognized Islamic States, there are only a few differences of degree, not of nature.

With this latest Islamic atrocity, Chétienté-Solidarité calls on the Christians of our country and on all of our compatriots devoted to freedom and respect for human dignity to come in massive numbers to demonstrate.

A tentative list of those scheduled to attend the rally is posted at Chrétienté-Solidarité.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Awaiting the awakening

As I mentioned in my previous post, journalist and patriot Eric Zemmour is all over the place with interviews and a new book ominously entitled La France suicidaire (Suicidal France). The title alone tells us that he has refashioned, in his own way, the thoughts of many writers before him who have also compared the current crisis to a national suicide, among them Renaud Camus, Alain Finkielkraut, Laurent Obertone, and Jean Raspail.

These excerpts from a longer interview (not online) are posted at Le Salon Beige

 - If I follow my reason, the state in which France finds herself is irreversible. If I follow my hope and if I consider the history of France, with low points and summits, then I say that we will hit rock bottom so hard that a rebound will ensue. Reasonably, I don't believe in a recovery, but reason is not always right.

 - Do you see a precedent to the suicide that you are describing?

 - The fall of the Roman Empire. There is, at the heart of the French suicide, a very characteristic self-hatred. The Romans did not perhaps feel that - it's hard to know for sure - but they seem full of self-weariness. The great Roman bourgeoisie, in particular, let itself be massacred by the barbarians. It was weary of itself, like the prefect of Lutèce in Asterix et la Serpe d'or: "I'm weary, weary, weary…" The Romans at the end were passive. So are we. That's what I call suicide. (…)

Note: The literary reference is to Asterix and the Golden Sickle, by René Goscinny.

 - According to Jules Monnerot, when the rulers become impermeable and disconnected from the people, that eventually triggers a revolution. Are we in such a situation?

Note: Monnerot was a sociologist and journalist who moved from the extreme left to the extreme right, but had a falling out with Jean-Marie Le Pen.

 - For there to be a revolution, an awakening is necessary. We are not there yet. The goal of my book is to deconstruct the deconstructors, in order to accelerate the awakening. Rather than a revolution, I foresee Jacqueries (peasant revolts), Jours de Colère (days of anger). With the Bonnets Rouges (red caps) we see a new alliance: small business with workers. This enraged Mélenchon, because he understood what is happening: this new alliance is the result of globalization.

Note: The Jacqueries were peasant revolts during the Hundred Years War. They were violently put down, as peasants were thrown into rivers (see illustration below). The Jour de Colere was an all-purpose anti-government demonstration held earlier this year that did not accomplish very much because it was open to everybody and unsavory elements joined in. Recently, the Bonnets Rouges, angry over taxes, rebelled in Bretagne. Jean-Luc Mélenchon, a political has-been and rabble-rousing Communist, lost his bid in the presidential election.

We don't know what a long series of small revolts scattered over the country, sporadic and parochial in their goals, could accomplish for France, except to act as thorns in the side of the ruling elite. And who's to say they would not throw them all in the river as they did before? But Zemmour is banking on these smaller revolts to eventually force a new level of consciousness in the people.

He goes on:

I also see coming a confrontation between three groups of youth. First, the youth of the elite schools of higher education composed of good soldiers of globalization, raised in chic multiculturalism and gender studies to the point where they don't realize how phony all of that is. Second, the working class youth, abandoned, "marginal". Finally, the immigrant youth. These three groups are alien to each other, and will end up in a confrontation. (…)

Writing at Le Figaro, historian Jean-Louis Thiériot finds much to admire and much to deplore in Zemmour's book. He praises him for his description of the hardships endured by the French people who live marginalized by massive immigration, globalization and the construction of Europe. He does not deny that the change in the immigration laws in 1974, that admitted whole families onto French territory, was wrong. But like Jacques Attali, he urges Zemmour to face the reality of globalization and multiculturalism, because they are here to stay:

(Zemmour's book) leaves a bitter taste. He observes but proposes nothing. His work should have been called the French Requiem. After reading it, you have only to retire to your ivory tower and dream of the days of oil lamps and sailboats, secretly satisfied to be able to say "I told you so." (…) Because you cannot forever content yourself with sepia photographs, because you cannot reinvent the world of yesterday, because recovery forces us to accept the adage "pessimism is a mood and optimism is will", we would have preferred Zemmour to explore practical ways to emerge from the French misfortune. (…) Family reunification in 1974 was no doubt madness. (…) A strict control over newly arrived immigrants is necessary. But we must admit the facts. The beneficiaries of family reunification or their children are French with the universality of rights and duties that implies. They are French like everybody else. (…) We must invent a new patriotism. (…) Why should a Frenchman of Moroccan or Algerian origin not share his legitimate feelings for his North African heritage with an absolute love for the country that is now his? (…) Why not redesign assimilation in the colors of modernity?

Note: The same argument as Jacques Attali. The times they are a-changing, and you have to get on the bandwagon or you'll be left behind. This is the mentality of acceptance, supercilious, subversive, lacking in character and originality, and threatening because so many fall into lockstep with it, unable to summon up the mental energy and moral strength to fight back, reluctant to be out of tune with the times or labeled as obsolete.

Happily, many readers of Le Figaro disdain the arguments of Thiériot, who must be in good standing with the government.

Below, in Meaux, France in 1358, the rebellious peasants were thrown into the river, bringing an end to the Jacqueries.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Attali and Zemmour

Journalist Eric Zemmour has been in the news lately thanks to a new book, that I hope to write about, and several television interviews in which he faces off with an adversary who is best described as representing the "official" line of thought.

Below is a simplified version of the eight-minute video (above) that has generated so much talk at the websites that I visit. Jacques Attali and Eric Zemmour, both Jewish, both popular in different ways, the first a "philosopher" of economics and a dedicated socialist, multiculturalist and globalist, the second a down-to-earth realistic patriotic journalist and writer who fights to save France from the forces advocated by Attali. Attali has had, for decades, the support of French presidents including Mitterand and Sarkozy, while Zemmour has had to fight the anti-racist wolf pack.

Jacques Attali has coined a term - "résignés-réclamants" (those who are resigned to their fate and who make demands).

- Frédéric Taddei: "Who are the 'resignés-réclamants' whom you designate as 'populist, paternalistic, pro-security, and xenophobic'"?

- Attali: They are part of a new battle between two lines of thinking, completely different from the usual debate that goes back to the 19th and 20th centuries between liberalism and social democracy. It refers to those who, in a world where the States are weaker and weaker and have fewer means to act, continue to be resigned, that is, they have given up on their own lives and continue to demand crumbs of wealth that don't belong to them. It's a battle between two strong ideologies, two movements. One the ideology of fear, fear of others, fear of foreigners, fear of women, fear of Jews, fear of Muslims, and finally fear of oneself. This becomes an ideology of "since I'm afraid, I turn inward, I support purity, hence purification." Those who are for national purity, those who are for ethnic purification, for ideological purification that we find in all extremisms are the same. This is the ideology of fear. And opposed to this, the other ideology that I try to portray as bearing the future, as optimistic, this is the ideology of respect. Respect for women, for Jews, for Muslims, for others, openness and acceptance of the new, of change, which means that we are inevitably led to goodness, compassion, courage, optimism, the will to act, respect for oneself, because if you respect yourself, you want to succeed in life and if you want to succeed in life you soon realize it can't be done without altruism as modern technologies show. Success presupposes sharing, empathy, listening to others, openness to the world. Here's a concrete example…

Note: He tells of a young Tunisian who came to France, was given a helping hand, and became a teacher and is helping to improve his neighborhood.

This I believe is the great change. You mustn't be afraid of yourself, you must be ambitious for yourself, and a natural altruism and a new solidarity will arise from the fact of becoming yourself, which is not the same thing as remaining oneself, because becoming oneself means creating a self that isn't just a nostalgia for the past, a return to borders, the closing of a club where you are happy to be admitted but where you don't want anyone else admitted once you're there. That is what leads to the death of a nation. A nation is only strong if it wants to become itself and it can only become itself by accepting change and welcoming others, by considering "métissage" as positive. That is the great ideological battle of today.

- Frédéric Taddei: Eric Zemmour?

- Zemmour: I listened to the sermon from Father Attali and I'm still a bit dazzled. There are the baddies and the goodies. There are the bad ones who want purity, purification, almost the horror of Nazism and then there are the nice ones who are benevolent and altruistic… Ah, how beautiful it is! It's beautiful, except that it doesn't exist, Monsieur Attali! Especially because it makes a mockery of what one is, not of what one becomes, but of what one is! (…) You speak of a man "outside himself". You speak of a man who spends his life in airports. But that doesn't exist, except for you!

There are people who have been here for a thousand years and who want to be here for another thousand years and who don't want to be mixed, Monsieur Attali. Forgive them! They don't want it! They don't want to be submerged, they don't want to be replaced. It's idiotic! I know! It's low and not very altruistic, but it's their life, you understand!

They don't want Monsieur Attali, Father Attali, saying to them: "You are nothing! You are mediocre! You are racists! You are xenophobic! You are not benevolent!" No, they are not benevolent because the others, likewise, are not benevolent!

Note: A short argument ensues and Attali accuses Zemmour:

- Attali: You're one of those that feels that once admitted to a club it is right to close the door so that others cannot join, and that is intolerable.

- Zemmour: Monsieur Attali, France is not a club. It's a nation, an ancient nation. To be part of a nation, you have to inherit, you have to transmit the heritage…

- Attali: No, no, you don't have to inherit, you have to transmit…

- Zemmour: The heritage you have received… Not new things.

- Attali: No, new things. Do you know the name that France bears? It bears the name of a people that weren't French. The original people were the Gaulois, the Franks were the invaders. This is true of all European peoples. (Note: He names the English, Russians, Germans, Italians.)

- Zemmour: So what?

- Attali: It means that all peoples are made up of a mixture, and the richness of a country comes from the mixture. It's not about transmitting a heritage that is too small and that becomes derisory.

- Zemmour: You think the heritage of France is small, Monsieur Attali?

- Attali: I think the heritage of which you speak is minuscule…

- Zemmour: The France of fifteen hundred years is not minuscule, Monsieur Attali

- Attali: We are not talking about the same thing. That is not the question. Today, the question is: Are we going to enclose ourselves in a closed debate on "Who are we? Have we inherited something?" Or are we going to realize that we have an opportunity to be ourselves, to have a successful life, to do something different from the others, to say "I brought something into the world that was unique to me". As I travel throughout the world I see poor people who decide to take things into their own hands, who don't look for a job but who create a job. I see this every day in every country I visit.

- Zemmour: Monsieur Attali, a nation has the right to remain… (Attali interrupts and says something about "people") I'm not talking about people, I'm not talking about people who fall from the sky… You think that one individual is worth another,

- Attali: Each individual is different from the other and needs to fulfill himself. To respect others is not to confuse them with a formless mass, even if you confuse the mass with the nation.

Note: They really are not talking about the same thing. Attali's insistence on the need for each individual to flourish without connecting to his heritage does not address any of the problems confronting the French today. What he says is a vague generalization that could apply to anyone at anytime. Zemmour, without going into the details of crime, terrorism, Islam or morals and bioethics, stresses that a nation, as a nation, has the right to be itself.

Attali's ideas are basic Self-Help 101. But he fails to recognize that in order to help oneself one needs access to the resources of the nation, a need to serve the nation, and confidence that he is protected by the nation. Attali has, in the past, said that Europeans will become "nomads" without borders. Like himself. Except that he has exploited the French nation, and without the resources of the French nation and sponsorship of successive governments, he would not have "fulfilled" himself as easily as he did.

I always remind readers that Attali has been called the "man who is never right". And once again, his reputation has preceded him.

Most reactions I have read express gratitude to Eric Zemmour for his loyalty.

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Africans at the synod

I've spent much time trying to decide what to write about. Pages and pages of commentary still pour from Le Salon Beige on last week's Manif Pour Tous, focusing on the undeniable success of the event and the non-negotiable need to repeal the law on homosexual marriage passed last year that has been, ever since, the object of incredible controversy and rejection.

I came upon this interesting article about Africa, with an equally interesting comment from a regular reader of Le Salon Beige. We have all heard of the efforts of people like Bill Gates, and especially his wife Melinda, to impose Western sexual values, such as abortion, on Africa. The question came up during the synod on the family, currently in session in Rome:

Africans are rising up, more and more strongly, against the invasive attempts to import to the black continent homosexual practices, that they qualify as Western. A Catholic African couple spoke on Friday during the synod on the family asking the Church to engage in "a determined counter-offensive" against the introduction of gay marriage and its consequences into Africa.

"The Church," they declared, "must clearly give its position on questions linked to 'gender', as it confronts the great offensive of international organizations that force the adoption of concepts running counter to the Africans' vision of the world, concepts disguised as programs for health and reproductive rights."

Agence France Press reported:

"The African bishops are the most virulent. They regularly reproach the West with a form of cultural and economic colonialism - via bilateral and multilateral programs (NGO's) - that requires an acceptance of Western-style reproductive health practices (contraception, abortion), as well as homosexuality, as conditions for the granting of aid."

Le Salon Beige readers agree with the African bishops and express sorrow that this is what the West has come to. However, Robert Marchenoir has a more balanced and realistic appraisal:

- Let's make distinctions. To oppose international pressure that aims to institute homosexual marriage or the promotion of homosexualist ideology is one thing.

To claim that homosexual practices are Western, and that attempts are being made to import them to Africa, is something else: that is hypocrisy and superstition.

Of course there are homosexuals in Africa, as there are everywhere. You might wonder how AIDS could have started and developed there, if it weren't the case!

This fable about homosexuality "imposed" by Westerners onto Africans is another of the conspiratorial calomnies in vogue among blacks, who claim it was the whites who introduced AIDS into Africa - and now they say the same with regard to Ebola.

The Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had proclaimed the same idiocy: "There are no homosexuals in our country."

A peculiarity of civilized societies is to practice self-criticism and to recognize their own faults and weaknesses. A peculiarity of backward societies is to look for scapegoats.

In this respect, France is slipping from the first to the second group.

Note: We would have to add that the tendency to agree to become a scapegoat is a peculiarity of advanced civilizations in moral decline.

Here is one comment from an African girl:

- I am French of Congolese origin I thank God that the African leaders made a declaration (some time ago) that opposed the demands of the gay lobby that homosexuality and its consequences be accepted in Africa. African countries were threatened with a cessation of subsidies. It isn't fair. I think that Africa will resist on this question. At any rate, I hope so…

Note: It might be best to leave Africans to their own resources, and not to meddle in their affairs, except for humanitarian aid during natural disasters and assistance in building infrastructure. The more money we give, the more they resent us. Progressives hypocritically claim to care about Africans yet have nothing to offer them except sexual practices that harm the female body and do permanent psychological damage. Only the Church seems to have found a way of reaching them and initiating a desire for self-improvement. However, it's not wrong to wonder if even the Church has a thorough knowledge of these people who are still such a long way from self-understanding and self-reliance.

If you don't know about the synod in Rome, this introduction is from Future Church:

On October 8, 2013, Pope Francis called on the bishops of the world to re-examine the Church's role in reaching out to families. The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization was to be taken up in two parts. Showing his concern for the current lack of pastoral responsiveness to modern families, Pope Francis called for an Extraordinary Synod on the Family (October 5 -19, 2014) as the first part of a process for examining the challenges facing the Church and Catholic families today. The first synod will lead to a second, "ordinary" synod that will be held October 4 - 25, 2015. At this final synod it will be expected that the bishops will formulate appropriate pastoral guidelines.

Above, a map showing Christian and Muslim Africa.

Below, a photo of Christian missionaries in Uganda, possibly late 19th century. Christian intervention is nothing new, but leftist globalists today, like the carpetbaggers after the Civil War, are spreading a religion of their own.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Transmitting the past

While I know my readers are more interested in events than in philosophical discourse (and I agree), these excerpts posted at Le Salon Beige, drawn from a longer interview at La Nef, resonated in me both as a reflection of my own feelings based on my experience, and as a concise summary of one aspect of our dilemma - the failure to transmit our culture to the young. The interviewee, François-Xavier Bellamy, philosopher, teacher and adjunct mayor of Versailles, points out that this is not an accident, but an act of voluntary renunciation of the past:

The crisis we are experiencing, in all its forms, seems to me to have one and the same root: in our Western societies, some generations have refused to transmit to their successors what they themselves had received. This is a completely new phenomenon in the history of men: an immense majority of adults have come to believe that to teach knowledge, culture, morals, the religion they inherited, to their children, would limit their freedom and deprive them of their spontaneity. This rupture of transmission, that took place in the schools as well as in families, in public institutions as well as in the Church, is the sole cause of numerous facets of the crisis we are living through: failure of education, erosion of social bonds, individualistic isolation, weakening of the family… Even in the areas of the economy and the environment, we are living though a rupture of transmission. (…)

To say it in simple terms, I believe that we are right to describe the present situation as a crisis; and yet, contrary to what one might think, this crisis is not a failure or an accident. It is the result of criticism that modernity has turned into an obsession. Modernity, as you know, began with the work of Descartes, who through the effort of doubting attempted to liberate himself from everything that he had been taught: for the first time, the fact of having received an education appeared as a curse, from which only a critical mind can deliver us. Rousseau extended this perspective by forbidding the adult to influence the child: you have to let him be, so to speak, in his natural state, and protect him from the useless burden of culture. Finally, Bourdieu, accomplished this denunciation of transmission, by presenting it as an opportunity for discrimination, for social segregation. (…)

Note: Bourdieu (1930-2002) was a major figure in the intellectual life of France in the mid-twentieth century. A philosopher, sociologist and anthropologist, his complex views are summarized at Wikipedia. Most of it is above my head.

What drives this will to deconstruct is man's pride that would have nothing precede him, that refuses the need to receive anything. And this pride - we can see it in our own lives, that are never completely exempt from it - this pride leads us irremediably to deny the real while it forces us to recognize that we are not sufficient unto ourselves. This denial will last until the moment when the real is brutally brought home to us: it's the moment that we call a crisis. (…)

Note: There is much more to this article, but the above thoughts are enough to remind us that the Western world, by effectuating a rupture with its past, opened its borders to invaders from other cultures who oppress us and who will possibly annihilate us. If we had retained our connection to the past, this could not have happened.

The rupture began in 1968, though of course there were precedents, as he points out (Rousseau, etc…) By 1968, progressive education had been making inroads for a long while and soon would sweep over our educational systems, from kindergarten to post-graduate, as fiercely as Mohammed II swept across Anatolia and Constantinople in 1453. Though a few resisted, most did not. Suddenly, the past was an embarrassment, and only the future mattered. Those attached to the past became relics, while those who threw off the chains of civilized behavior rapidly became our new masters. 

Below, Rousseau, and a quote that is not without some merit.

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Thursday, October 09, 2014

Beheadings in France

There have been at least sixteen beheadings, or attempted beheadings, in France over the past three months. And it wasn't just sheep. According to François Desouche, the following barbarities took place or came to trial between June 12 and October 8, 2014. Note that I am using the term "beheading" to refer to the slitting of throats, though it isn't quite the same thing:

1. In Valenciennes, a woman was found dead, her throat slit.

2. In Besançon, a fight in the street led to the death of a thirty-five-year old man, whose throat was slit.

3. In Brétigny, a forty-year-old woman and her seven-year-old son were found, with their throats slit,in their apartment. The police believe a family member did the deed, as the woman, an alcoholic, was the mother of three children from three different fathers.

4. In Balazé, near Rennes, an Armenian man, 37, attempted to slit the throat of his wife who was taking a shower. Using a cutter, he made three wounds in her throat, then rushed her to the hospital. He attempted later to slit his own throat, but his wife does not believe he was really attempting suicide. He is known to drink vodka excessively, to use heroine, and to gamble.

Note: The ethnicity is given, presumably because he is not a Muslim (although we can't be sure of that). Obviously Hitchcock-inspired.

5. In Clermont-Ferrand, a woman was in her apartment with her companion, the father of her two-and-a-half-year-old daughter. She went to take a shower and when she came back she found her daughter, on the bed, her throat slit. The man was arrested a few hours later and sent to the hospital, since his condition did not permit an incarceration. He had no previous record.

6. In Magnanville, in February 2012, a woman named Natacha Das Neves Freitas, and her twelve-year-old son and accomplice, attacked and attempted to slit the throat of an eighty-year old woman, Christiane Gauthier, the owner of their apartment building. Christiane fought her off and the doctors were able to save her life. Natacha Das Neves Freitas, a drug addict, failed in her attempt to accuse her son of the crime.

7. A nineteen-year-old Tunisian student who had just arrived in France to pursue his studies was found dismembered and beheaded, the various body parts stuffed into three trash bags, on the boulevard de Villepinte northeast of Paris.

Note: He certainly should have stayed in Tunisia. He appears to have been an innocent person, serious about his studies. Sometimes it is much more dangerous for immigrants in Western countries than in their homeland.

8. Two men, "Alexandre" and "Lionel" were found dead in Argenteuil, on a street not far from the police station. Alexandre was found in front of his apartment building with a mortal wound in his neck, while Lionel was found in the kitchen of the apartment, decapitated. The police were alerted by the men's roommate, an English-speaking person from the Antilles, who was placed under investigation. Several knives were found in the kitchen.

Note: I assume the names given are pseudos.

9. A woman, 45, was found with her throat slit on a street in Vieil Istres. Despite a rapid intervention from the medics, they could not save her.

10. In Roubaix, near Lille, Ahmed Boudaoud, 27, asked two drunkards to make less noise so his children could sleep. Instead of quieting down, the two became noisier, and one of them attacked him with a knife, slitting his throat. He died en route to the hospital.

11. A Hungarian woman, Tina, 36, seven months pregnant, and her two little boys, Raphael and Antoine, ages eighteen months and five years respectively, were all found dead, their throats slit in their home in Perreux-sur-Marne (Val-de-Marne). The husband is suspected of the crime.

12. A woman, 53, was killed by her twenty-one-year-old son who, in a fit of madness, slit her throat. She became terrified by her son's violent behavior and tried to escape from the apartment building but he caught her and knifed her. The psychiatrists say he killed her because he thought she was the Devil.

Note: There's more, much more, but this will have to do for now.

Below, children in Muslim countries are taught the virtues of beheading. Even if the above crimes were not the result of some religious instruction, they represent the effect on the general population of Islamic beheadings. Some would say they are "copycat" crimes, but they are more than that. People internalize the horrors they see around them, and proceed to commit the same horrors, because they have become a feature of everyday life. And because some atavistic impulse is reactivated by the sight of beheadings on television and the Internet.

Add to that the fact that the media mitigate or even cover up the crimes with pseudos, psychiatric justifications, and accusations against the police.

Finally, the guillotine in France inspired revulsion among the French themselves, including many revolutionaries. Eventually, the descendants of the Revolution abolished the guillotine, but could not abolish crime. Now, the left is hard pressed to admit that capital punishment may have to be reinstated (though not the guillotine), and equally hard pressed to admit any connection between beheadings and Islam. Yet they have no problem in finding a connection between capital punishment and right-wing extremism. I think all of this is because there is no freedom of speech and no open forum for public discussion on crime, its causes, its prevention and punishment. In this ambiance, the left prevails, crime increases and demoralization drains the people of their vitality and their survival instincts. 

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Monday, October 06, 2014

Comments on yesterday's rally

A entire page of photos of yesterday's Manif Pour Tous awaits you here. Click each photo for an enlargement.

Not all comments at Le Salon Beige are glowing. First, considering what is at stake, half a million participants is not as awesome as some would like to think. The president of the Manif Pour Tous, Ludovine de la Rochère, who spoke at length before the cameras of TV Libertés during the march, is a friend of Nicolas Sarkozy and apparently worked for him during his tenure. One reader says she has urged the protesters to vote for Sarkozy (I have to verify this). 

Another reader does not care for the girls dressed as Marianne (below):

- I would add that the Mariannes rather irritate me. This symbol is none other than the personification of the goddess "Reason", invented by anti-Catholic revolutionaries, and who danced naked on our altars. Marianne is much closer to the Femen than to the mothers that the Manif defends. They have no cause to be there except for the amusement of those who pass the laws we are fighting against.

Furthermore, may I simply remind you that the foundation of all these anti-family laws is but the result of the first real anti-family law, the one that undermined France from within, 220 years ago: civil marriage and the divorce that goes with it. The real starting point was there, not elsewhere, and the rest was predictable.

One reader justifiably points out that the problem of Islam may be greater than the problem of the family:

- Bravo to the Manif Pour Tous… It's just that, if we continue to accept the Islamization of our country, our fight serves no purpose since the Mohammedans will chase us from our country as they did with the Christians in Iraq and as the Turks did with the Armenians. We are going to have to stop being proud of our non-violence, because it is a temptation. We are in the process of committing suicide, when we accept the replacement of our population, as we're doing now. Our country urgently needs us, and only has us to defend it. If France is to remain France, we will have to leave behind this childlike behavior and agree to fight with all the sacrifices that implies.

Regarding Ludovine de la Rochère, photo below, who advocates for a referendum on medically assisted procreation:

- Who is this lady? Spokeswoman for Mr. Sarkozy who killed the referendum in 2007 by ignoring the result of the 2005 referendum? (In 2005 the French voted against the European Constitution; in 2007 Sarkozy thwarted another referendum and pushed France into the EU.) (…) This subject is not commonplace or relative; it derives from the acceptance of the truth about men and women, about the basis of human dignity, about the respect for the human conscience and the dignity of life from conception until birth. No, the key is not a referendum, the key is honest men, the honesty of the concept of Man and his dignity. We will never give up.

Another complaint:

- A fine Manif. Bravo. Lots of politicians were there! But I see no representative of the Catholic Church. And yet this Church is the only one that defends Natural Law as the Creator willed.

On a more upsetting note, Riposte Laïque reports that 75 million sheep around the world were slaughtered this weekend of Aïd, while French traditionalists marched for the Family. And the apartments inhabited by Muslims, in France, were the scene of many barbaric acts of evisceration (in bathtubs) on innocent animals, unable to fight back. There is a story of one sheep that committed "suicide" by jumping out the window. I will have some of this in the days to come.

The presence on French soil of millions of medieval cutthroats, casts a long shadow over the festivities and puts into perspective the comments about Ludovine de la Rochère that I found at Huffington Post. Readers there found her "medieval", reactionary, a "right-wing extremist" and fear she would take them back to the days when no one was allowed to think freely, those dark days ruled by the dictatorial Church, etc… One person complained that she has a face similar to Marine Le Pen's.

And I have to remind myself that this is how a large percentage of the people think.

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Sunday, October 05, 2014

October 5 - a great success

So far all I know is that it was a successful demonstration with about half a million in Paris and thirty thousand in Bordeaux. As always, these figures are subject to change. I know of no incidents yet. The Front National was there in force, with Aymeric Chauprade and Marion Maréchal Le Pen, without Marine Le Pen, but that is not new. One of Sarkozy's favorite ministers Michèle Alliot-Marie was there too, as were many UMP members. No doubt they are gearing up for a fight to restore the image of their party.

Turn to this page at Le Salon Beige for more pictures.

Below, the march begins.

Below, Catholic organizers Tugdual Derville and Ludovine de la Rochère, president of the la Manif Pour Tous:

Below, shopping carts as a symbol that a child is not a piece of merchandise:

Below, cardboard Hollande "hates families":

Below, banner calls for "universal abolition of surrogate mothers":

Below, Marion Maréchal Le Pen, present as always, with Aymeric Chauprade in the back to the left:

Below, the sign reads: "I am small, cute and cuddly, but I am not a right":

Below, a fiery young man:

Below, a big crowd:

Below, the organizers say half a million, the police say eighty thousand. Business as usual.

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The riot police head for Bordeaux

From Le Salon Beige

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Scenes from October 4

While we wait for the demonstrations in Paris and Bordeaux to begin, here are a few scenes from France and from around the world where Frenchmen living abroad express their solidarity with their countrymen. All are from Le Salon Beige. The news these past two days has focused on the need to abrogate Taubira's law, since this is the only way the other issues such as medically assisted procreation and surrogate motherhood can be resolved. Prime Minister Manuel Valls, in a volte-face regarded as hypocritical by the Catholics, has said that he is against surrogate motherhood and will see to it that it remains banned in France.

Below, from Viet-Nam:

Below, from Asnières-sur-Seine outside Paris:

Below, the Sentinelles (formerly called Veilleurs) who regularly stand watch outside the ministry of Justice. Many police cars (not visible in this photo) were stationed nearby to control the situation (as if the Sentinelles would cause trouble).

Below, Wombs for Sale. A mock market where girls come to offer their wombs for a price. The staging was organized by the right-wing monarchist organization Action Française.

Finally, Frenchmen in Moscow salute their countrymen:

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Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Adoption for homosexual couples

The French are mobilizing for October 5, as article after article condemns the recent Appeals Court decision on medically assisted procreation (PMA) and surrogate motherhood (GPA). The pages of Le Salon Beige are overflowing with commentary of high integrity from Church leaders, conservative politicians, child psychiatrists, children's welfare, etc…urging the Catholics to get out and march for the Family on October 5. This latest Manif Pour Tous promises to surpass those of 2012 and 2013, considering what has happened in the interim: the continued refusal of the government to listen to the demands of the protesters; the betrayal of her word by minister of Justice Christiane Taubira who mendaciously promised that homosexual marriage would not lead to the sale and barter of children for homosexual parents, through unnatural methods such as medically assisted procreation or surrogate motherhood; the political disaster on all levels of François Hollande's presidency; the pro-Hamas demonstrations of last summer that brought the country face to face with the reality of massive anti-Western terrorism, and at the same time served as a reminder that these terrorists are on French soil, living side by side with the legitimate inhabitants of the country; finally the murder of Hervé Gourdel, in Algeria, a few days ago, ignited a justified desire for revenge.

But the main theme on Sunday is once again morals, ethical medical practices, and the salvation and well-being of the family. It will be a nation-wide rally with demonstrations in Bordeaux as well as Paris.

On September 23 the Appeals Court rendered a decision in the case of a lesbian who became pregnant (via artificial insemination) in a foreign country (Spain), judging that it did not constitute an "obstacle" to the adoption, in France, of the child by the woman's partner. Until now, lesbians did not have the right to adoption, and any child conceived through artificial insemination in a foreign country could not be adopted in France.

It should be noted that only heterosexual couples in France have had the right to bear a child via artificial insemination. Lesbians and single women have had to travel to foreign countries for the procedure.

When Taubira passed her law on homosexual marriage she opened the way to adoption. How to adopt, except through artificial means? The basic justification for the court's decision on September 23 was egalitarianism - we are all equal and have the same rights. Homosexual and heterosexual couples are equal, and have an equal right to adoption, hence the ban on artificial insemination for lesbians had to be lifted.

Aude Mirkovic, professor of law, comments in Le Figaro:

 - There is indeed a violation of French law when two women go to Belgium or elsewhere to undergo artificial insemination with a donor, such insemination being forbidden in France. This violation is real but it isn't the only one or the most serious. In today's case, the violation consists mainly in the action of conceiving a child in such a way as to deprive him of a father, not to be burdened with a father and to replace the father with the mother's female partner. The child is thus deprived of his paternal heritage in order to become adoptable. So they are not asking for an adoption, they are hijacking an adoption, and it is this violation of adoption that the Appeals Court has today validated. It had until now refused to validate these procedures for making adoptable babies even when they involved heterosexual couples.

How to explain this decision? That the desire for a child blinds people to the damage that their desires inflict on children is understandable. It's for that reason that there are laws, it's for that reason that there must be laws that protect children even from the desires they are the object of. But a generalized incapacity to go beyond emotions and to attain reason has afflicted the Appeals Court, and this is very serious. The court rendered an emotional verdict, compassionate but contrary to the law and to the rights of children.

More commentary from the Association des Juristes pour l'Enfance (lawyers for children) quoted by Le Salon Beige:

(…) The Appeals Court, by this iniquitous decision, has signed the justice system's abdication in the protection of children. It dares to affirm that "recourse to medically assisted procreation, in the form of artificial insemination with an anonymous donor in a foreign country, is not an obstacle to the ruling of an adoption by the wife of the child's mother, provided the legal conditions of adoption have been met and it is in the best interests of the child."

But the legal conditions for adoption cannot be met if the child has been deprived of one of his parents in order to make of him an adoptable product. The adoption of a child cannot be made without a father. To affirm the contrary is the lowest denial of reality. (…)

Note: Le Salon Beige reminds us that the International Convention on the Rights of the Child guarantees the right of the child, insofar as it is possible, to know his parents and to be raised by them (article 7).

Top, a banner against PMA and GPA.

Below, a preview of October 5 with scenes of past demonstrations and a call to "change History."

The weather outlook for October 5 so far is favorable - sun in the afternoon. 

Readers have pointed out that the demonstration is pointless now that the court has handed down its ruling. But others say it is not pointless to aim for a repeal of the Taubira law on homosexual marriage. Such a repeal would then render the complicated question of homosexual adoption... pointless.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

"Spectacular" victory for the Front National

For the first time in the history of the Fifth Republic, two Front National officials, David Rachline, mayor of Fréjus and Stéphane Ravier, mayor of the 7th sector of Marseille, have been elected Senators in a partial election held on Sunday September 28. Abridged from the Journal du dimanche and Nations Presse:

"The results of the senatorial election surpass our expectations and illustrate the formidable dynamic of the patriotic movement."

"It is a great victory for the FN, an absolutely historic victory. For the first time we are in the Senate, and we did it right, with two Senators victorious," declared a jubilant Marine Le Pen, president of the Front National.

David Rachline, 26, mayor of Fréjus, department of le Var, since March, won 19% of the votes while in the department of les Bouches-du-Rhône, Stéphane Ravier, 45, won 12.4% of the votes. "They had said it was impossible and that is why we did it!" rejoiced Ravier on Twitter.

According to Marine Le Pen, the election of Stéphane Ravier and David Rachline "shows our dynamic that accelerates from one election to the next, including these difficult senatorial elections. No chamber in France is closed any more to the FN, no chamber is prevented from seeing a patriot. It bodes well for the future, with departmental and regional elections coming up in 2015."

She stressed the "totally spectacular breakthrough" of the FN.


Note: This partial election held on Sunday September 28 involved the election of 178 Senators (out of 348) by means of indirect voting. In the French system Senators are elected by municipal officials. Marine Le Pen herself was surprised because in this type of election it is more difficult to predict outcomes. I do not understand completely the procedures in an indirect vote, and the percentages won by the two seem rather small. The recent victories of the FN in local elections in March 2014 (22 new FN mayors) no doubt contributed greatly to Sunday's fortunate results.

Above, Rachline (on the left) and Ravier. From RTL.

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